Aston Martin V8 Cygnet

Aston Martin surprised all of us today with the announcement of a very special one-off creation for a single customer. The V8 Cygnet is a work of the “Q by Aston Martin – Commission” service and also the first hot hatch from the British auto manufacturer.

For those that are not familiar with the model, the Aston Martin Cygnet was a premium A-Segment city car largely based on the Toyota IQ. The Cygnet was sold between 2011 and 2013 with a £30,000 price, offering high quality materials and special customization options, however it shared the 1.3 liter engine (97 hp / 72 kw) with its Japanese counterpant. The car had very poor sales but allowed Aston Martin to comply with the fleet average emissions regulations imposed by the European Union at the time.

The V8 Cygnet has little to do with the city car it once was, as the Aston Martin engineers have managed to fit a naturally aspirated 4.7 litre V8 engine under the tiny bonnet, producing 320 kw / 430 hp of power and 490 Nm of torque.

On the exterior, the V8 Cygnet is distinguished by its carbon composite flared wheel arch extensions that provide the necessary increase in both the front and the rear track.

The car is based on a right had drive Cygnet steel body shell, with a roll cage welded to the chassis. The V8 engine, the suspension, the subframes and the 7 speed Sportshift II transmission are sourced from the previous generation Vantage S, with a custom made front bulkhead and transmission tunnel, fabricated from sheet metal, like the fuel tank housing mounted in the boot area. Power is transferred via a miniature torque tube to the rear wheels that are fitted with 275/35 Bridgestone tyres. Finally, the braking system is also vastly improved with 380mm discs clamped by six-piston monoblock calipers at the front and 330mm discs gripped by four-piston mono block calipers at the rear.

Weighing just 1375kg the V8 Cygnet has a power-to-weight ratio of 313bhp/tonne. As a result, the rear wheel drive pocket rocket now needs only 4,2 seconds to accelerate from 0-100 km/h and can reach a top speed of 274 km/h (170 mph).

At the rear, the central twin exhaust pipes (bespoke system) with twin underfloor mufflers provide an astonishing sound – especially if you consider that its coming from a city car.
The forged, five spoke, diamond-turned, 19 inch wheels make the Cygnet look weirdly cool for a car with a tiny wheelbase, measuring just 2020 mm. However, if we want to be fair, the wheel arch extensions could merge better with the body design-wise.
Inside, we find composite, fixed back Recaro bucket seats with four-point harnesses, a roll cage and a FIA compliant fire extinguisher system.
Behind the removable alcantara covered steering wheel, there is a bespoke carbon dash with Vantage sourced instrument cluster and two USB ports. The carbon door cards have leather pull straps and there is also air conditioning!
The fact that they managed to fit a 4,7 liter V8 engine inside the bonnet of a city car is just unbelievable!

“The Ultimate City Car” as Aston Martin prefers to call it, will make its debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, taking part on the hill climb.

Aston Martin Vice President & Special Operations Officer, David King said: “The V8 Cygnet shows the fun side of both Aston Martin and its customers. It is also a fine example of the engineering talent within the company as it’s no small achievement to fit the Vantage’s V8 engine so harmoniously into the Cygnet’s compact body. I am sure that it will amaze and thrill people when they see and hear it on the hill at the Festival of Speed.”

For detailed specifications check below:

RHD Cygnet steel bodyshell and panels with integrated welded-in cage
Sheet metal fabricated front bulkhead and transmission tunnel
Vantage subframes
Steel fuel tank housing mounted in the boot area
Carbon composite flared wheel arch extensions
Mesh front grille
Dark exterior hardware
Body painted Buckinghamshire Green
Yellow brake calipers

Two seat configuration
Fixed back Recaro composite driver and passenger seats with
Adjustable seat runners driver’s side, fixed position passenger side
Four-point harnesses
Bespoke carbon composite instrument panel incorporating Vantage instrument cluster
Bespoke HVAC controls
Twin USB ports
Bespoke carbon fibre door cards with leather pull straps and Cygnet door release handles
Full FIA compliant fire extinguisher system
Removable alcantara steering wheel

All-Alloy Quad Overhead Camshaft, 4.7-litre V8
Dry sump lubrication
Front mid-mounted engine, rear-wheel drive
Vantage S cooling system
Twin concial air filters on bespoke intake trunking
Bespoke exhaust system with twin underfloor mufflers and catalytic convertors
Twin centre exit tailpipes
30-litre ATL Savercell fuel tank

Electrical System:
V8 Vantage S electrical architecture
Cygnet front and rear lights
FIA compliant cut off and isolation system
Rear mounted battery
Bespoke lightweight HVAC system

Maximum Power: 430bhp
Maximum Torque: 490Nm (361lb ft)
Maximum Speed: 170 mph (274 km/h)
Acceleration: 0-60 mph in 4.2secs

V8 Vantage S seven-speed Sportshift II gearbox
Bespoke torque tube with steel propeller shaft
Limited-slip differential

Front Independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar and passive dampers
Rear Independent double wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar and passive dampers

Wheels and Tyres
Lightweight forged five-spoke silver diamond turned wheels
Bridgestone tyres
Front 8.5×19” 235/40/19
Rear 9.5×19” 275/35/19

V8 Vantage S braking system with ABS and fixed brake bias valve
Front 6-piston monoblock calipers, 380mm 2 piece floating ventilated discs
Rear 4-piston monoblock calipers 330mm 2 piece co-cast ventilated discs
V8 Vantage derived pedal box with bespoke brake pedal

Length: 3708mm
Width: 1920mm (excluding door mirrors)
Height: 1500mm
Wheelbase: 2020mm
Front Track: 1570mm
Rear Track: 1560mm
Weight: 1375kg (kerbweight)
Weight Distribution: 50%/50% (Front/Rear)

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